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Type: PhD Student
Name (ID): Two PhD positions in Pathological Speech Processing (OP-20171214-120514)
Supervised by: Mathew MAGIMAI DOSS


The Idiap Research Institute seeks qualified candidates for two PhD positions in the area of pathological speech processing. The research and development will take place in the context of EU funded Marie-Sklodowska Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks European Training Networks TAPAS - Training Network on Automatic Processing of Pathological Speech . The successful candidate will be part of the TAPAS network consisting of 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) spread across seven European countries and will work on one of the following ESR topics, of which Idiap is the host institute,

ESR 3 - Learning detection of pathological speech

ESR 13 - Rapid development of speech technology for pathological speech

A short description of these topics can be found on the TAPAS project website (

Eligibility criteria:
1. The candidate must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to her/his recruitment.
2. The candidate holds a Masters degree or equivalent, which formally entitles to embark on a Doctorate.
3. Do not holds a PhD degree
4. At the time of recruitment, the candidate must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of her/his research careers.

The ideal candidate should hold a Masters degree in computer science, electrical engineering or related fields. She or he should have a background in signal processing, applied mathematics, optimization and linear algebra. The applicant should also have strong programming skills and be familiar with Python/Perl, C/C++, shell scripting and with the Linux environment. A solid experience in speech processing or machine learning or both is an asset.

The successful candidate will be part of the Speech and Audio Processing group at Idiap. She or he will work under the supervision of Dr. Mathew Magimai Doss. The successful candidate will also become a doctoral student at EPFL conditional on parallel application to, and acceptance by, the EPFL Doctoral School. The appointment for both the PhD positions is for a maximum of 4 years, provided successful progress, and should lead to a dissertation.

As stipulated in the MSCA Work Programme, the gross salary will be about EUR 4'117 (Living allowance and Mobility allowance) plus a family allowance of EUR 500(if applicable at the time of start. It will not change after that) per month for the first 36 months. The 4th year salary should be on par with the Swiss NSF PhD salary.

The expected starting date is negotiable, preferably first half of year 2018.

The interested candidate should submit her/his application through both the TAPAS project recruitment system ( and the Idiap online recruitment system.

For further information, please contact Dr. Mathew Magimai Doss.

About Idiap:

Idiap is an independent, not-for-profit, research institute recognized and funded by the Swiss Federal Government, the State of Valais, and the City of Martigny.

Idiap offers competitive salaries and conditions at all levels in a young, high-quality, dynamic, and multicultural environment. Idiap is an equal opportunity employer and is actively involved in the "Advancement of Women in Science" European initiative. The Institute seeks to maintain a principle of open competition (on the basis of merit) to appoint the best candidate, provides equal opportunity for all candidates, and equally encourage both genders to apply.

Idiap is located in the town of Martigny in Valais, a scenic region in the south of Switzerland, surrounded by the highest mountains of Europe, and offering exceptional quality of life, exciting recreational activities, including hiking, climbing and skiing, as well as varied cultural activities. It is within close proximity to Lausanne and Geneva. Although Idiap is located in the French part of Switzerland, English is the official working language. Free French lessons are also provided on a complimentary basis.

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